Parents’ Evening Experiments at Irchester.

The Lab_13 Committee members helped out at parents evening, because we wanted the parents and children to see a bit more of what the lab is getting up to! We had a few different things to show and do. Firstly there was a guessing game: we had lots of different objects from our curiosity cupboard; like a rat’s skeleton, a human tooth, snake skin and a wasp’s nest. Lots of people were interested in finding out more about the things, we were there to do just that. Most people guessed what the snakeskin and skeleton were, but lots of people thought the wasp’s nest was a bee’s nest, and that the human tooth came from another animal.

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Then, we had a reaction time experiment. We wanted to find out if women, men, boys or girls have faster reactions. The test is very simple: when the screen of the learnpad changed from red to green, they had to touch the screen as fast as possible, and the learnpad recorded how long it took. We managed to test over 120 people!

The winners of the categories were: for the children, Tommy and Keiron who took 0.306 seconds and Lucy with 0.313 seconds; and from the adults Carl and Zoe who drew with 0.293 seconds. The overall fastest group was women with an average reaction time of 0.390 seconds. Boys and girls had almost the same average reaction time, women were slightly faster than men, and adults were much faster than children. We made this graph of all the results:

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